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Jacobites

The Jacobites were formed in Birmingham in 1982 by Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth, following the breakup of their respective previous bands, the Swell Maps and the Subterranean Hawks.
The two had met in early 1980, with an initial live performance together in May 1982 under the name Six Hip Princes, but it was not until 1984, after Sudden had already issued two solo releases, that the duo adopted the name Jacobites (after the rebel movement to restore the Stuart line to the British thrones) and completed the lineup by adding Nikki’s brother Epic Soundtracks, also formerly of the Swell Maps, and bassist Mark Lemon. The Jacobites were a more traditional, song-oriented outfit than the Swell Maps had been. Sudden and Kusworth were both strongly influenced by The Faces, Bob Dylan, glam rock, and, most vitally, The Rolling Stones — their open worship of the group (Kusworth’s entire body of work would later be described as “A tear-stained meeting of Johnny Thunders’ ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory’, the Rolling Stones’ ‘Wild Horses’, and Neil Young’s ‘Down by the River’ wrapped in scarves, bound up in leather pants, and shrouded by cigarette smoke”, while Sudden called the Stones “the best band there has ever been” and was working on a Ronnie Wood bio at the time of his death), combined with their velvet-and-scarves style of dressing and their girls-and-drugs style of living, made for a natural comparison with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The group released a string of albums and EPs between 1984 and 1985, garnering increasing critical interest, a certain appreciation in the British underground, and great popularity in Germany, but also began shedding its original members in the latter year — Soundtracks to Crime & the City Solution, Kusworth to a well-regarded but ill-remembered solo career.

With the breakup of the songwriting team at its heart, the Jacobites became little more than a name for the shifting backing unit Sudden used for his solo career. An American compilation was released in 1986 after the band’s boozy, weary-eyed brand of romantic songwriting gained the devoted support of the similarly-minded Paul Westerberg, and another comp followed in 1988, but the group would not exist again in meaningful form until 1993, when Sudden and Kusworth rejoined forces to recreate the Jacobites with a new lineup that featured Glenn Tranter on guitar, Carl Eugene Picôt on bass, and Mark Williams on drums: all friends from Birmingham. A series of obscure releases followed throughout the mid-1990s, doted upon by the band’s cult following, particularly in mainland Europe, but otherwise generally ignored. After God Save Us Poor Sinners appeared in 1998, the Jacobites remained silent while Sudden and Kusworth continued their solo careers. With Sudden’s death in 2006, the band is now permanently defunct.

Discography
Studio Albums
Jacobites (1984)
Robespierre’s Velvet Basement (1985)
Howling Good Times (1994)
Old Scarlett (1995)
God Save Us Poor Sinners (1998) (2 releases with different track lists on Glitterhouse and Bomp! Records)

Compilation Albums
Lost In A Sea Of Scarves (Rarities Collection) (1985)
The Ragged School (1986)
Fortune Of Fame (Big Hits & Broken Biscuits) (1988)
Fortune Of Fame (Big Hits & Stereo Landings) (1988)
Heart Of Hearts (The Spanish Album) (Rarities Collection) (1995, Spain)
Hawks Get Religion (1996)

Live Albums
Kiss Of Life (Recorded live in Hanover in 1995, limited edition) (1995)

Singles
Shame For The Angels 7″ / 12″ (1984)
Pin Your Heart 12″ (1985)
When The Rain Comes 7″ / 12″ (1986)
Don’t You Ever Leave Me CD (1993)
Can’t You See? CD (1995)
Over & Over 7″ (1997)
Teenage Christmas 7″ (1998)
The Otter Song 7″ (2011)

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World Service

Formed in 1988 by Andy Wickett, ex of The Xpertz, Duran Duran and TV Eye, they were the first British band to tour North Africa and the Sahara regions picking up music and cultural influences on the way and would go on to support Duran Duran in the 1990s.

Nick Aletti, a member of The Androids, have sent in this video he made of World Service while studying at Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University).

As Nick recalls:

I hadn’t seen it for years and Andy just got in touch and asked me if I still had it. It took me ages to find it as the VHS tape had been stuffed in a box and kept in storage all this time. Basically it was the final project I did for the video module of the Communications Studies course at Brum Poly. Hardly anyone saw it at the time because it wasn’t completed until late June 1987 when most people had left. I knew Andy from the Birmingham music scene and saw World Service play a few times before approaching him about this. He wasn’t at Brum Poly at the time. They had just done a demo and this was one of the standout tunes on it. The others weren’t bad either.

This is a beautiful version of The Beatles ‘A Day in the Life’ and a great video to boot!

More of Andy and his music can be found at www.andywickett.com

TV Eye

Formed in 1976  by Andy Wickett, Eamon Duffy and Dave Kusworth (later of The Jacobites) who left Moseley Art School in Birmingham and formed TV Eye, a band named after an Iggy and the Stooges song.

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